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Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and there is hope. Listen in as we explore how we can all experience and embrace the new beginnings Jesus makes possible.

Small Group Questions

1. What one thing do you most wish you could change about our world?

2. Read Isaiah 65:17–25. What do you most look forward to about heaven?

3. Imagine you were allowed 30 minutes to see and experience heaven. How might that change the way you live in this world?

4. If someone asked about the new beginning(s) in your life, how would you explain your story? Ask at least two members of the group to share how Jesus gave them a new beginning.

5. Read Isaiah 66:18–19. The people of God were called to share their story with the world. When is the last time you shared your faith with someone? How did you do it? What happened?

6. In addition to sharing our story, we have unique opportunities like Super Sunday to bring friends to hear the good news. How can you creatively invite friends to this Sunday? Who are you planning to bring?

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Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and… Continue reading →

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Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and there is hope. Listen in as we explore how we can all experience and embrace the new beginnings Jesus makes possible.

Small Group Questions

1. Are you a handy person? Have you ever tried to fix something you later realized was more than you could handle?
2. Read Isaiah 29:13. Tell about a time these words described your spiritual experience. What are some dangers of this way of life?
3. In what ways were the people of Israel trying to “use” God? How do we try to do this in our lives?
4. What is something counter-cultural you believe God has called you to do? What has kept you from obeying?
5. Read Isaiah 53:1–12. Jesus is the unexpected solution to our needs. As you read this passage, pick a meaningful phrase that describes how Jesus is the solution. How is it meaningful to your life right now? Spend some time thanking God for what He’s done for us.

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Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and… Continue reading →

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Sunday, Jan 11 featured nationally-known speaker Michael Franzese, a former captain of the Colombo crime family-turned-Christ follower, on a new mission to change lives around the world. Listen in on a first-hand example of what it means to have a new identity in Jesus.

Small Group Questions

1. Describe the group of friends you grew up with. In what ways were they good or bad influences in your life? Where are they now?

2. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. If you are a follower of Jesus, what are specific ways God has made you new?

3. Read Hebrews 12:1–3. We have all done things we’re not proud of. In what ways have you been hindered by past mistakes or sins? What did you learn from Michael’s story and example?

4. How might God use your past mistakes or sins to help others? How have you seen Him do this?

5. Spend some time thanking God for making you new. Pray for opportunities to help others with the lessons you’ve learned in life.

6. Super Sunday is February 1! Who might you invite to this unique service? Pray for those you’ll invite.

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Sunday, Jan 11 featured nationally-known speaker Michael Franzese, a former captain of the Colombo crime family-turned-Christ follower, on a new mission to change lives around the world. Listen in on a first-hand example of what it means to have a new identity in Jesus. Small Group Questions 1. Describe the group of friends you grew up… Continue reading →

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According to a recent survey, here were the top five New Year’s Resolutions from last year: 1. Lose weight; 2. Get organized; 3. Spend less, save more; 4. Enjoy life to the fullest, and; 5. Stay fit and healthy.

Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and there is hope. Join us this January as we explore how we can all experience and embrace the new beginnings Jesus makes possible.

Small Group Questions

1. Happy New Year! Share any special traditions or memorable experiences you had during the holidays.

2. When you think of the past, do you tend to remember things as better than (good old days) or worse than (painful old days) they were? How does this affect your life?

3. Think of significant change you have made in your life. What were the key ingredients to your success?

4. Read Isaiah 43:18–21. What new beginning do you want to make this year? What specific steps will you take? How can your group help?

5. Next week Michael Franzese will be our guest. To learn more about Michael, visit his website: michaelfranzese.com. Who are you bringing along to hear his story? Spend some time praying for this Sunday.

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According to a recent survey, here were the top five New Year’s Resolutions from last year: 1. Lose weight; 2. Get organized; 3. Spend less, save more; 4. Enjoy life to the fullest, and; 5. Stay fit and healthy. Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is… Continue reading →

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What words do you think are commonly used to describe Junior Highers? Maybe energetic? Awkward? How about wise?

“Filled with wisdom” is what the Gospel of Luke uses to describe Jesus when he was twelve years old. As a boy, he was intent on growing in wisdom. Join us Sunday as Pastor Tom Regan explores what we can learn from the boy Jesus, and what it means to follow him in the pursuit of true wisdom.

Small Group Questions

1. Is there a Christian in your life who is wise? What is it about their way of life that reveals their wisdom?

2. Read Isaiah 11:1–2, which is about the Messiah. Can you think of examples from the gospels where you see these very qualities in Jesus? What does it mean that the Spirit supplied Jesus increasing wisdom, understanding, etc.?

3. Read Luke 2:46–47. How have you benefitted from Bible study and conversations about Bible and theology? How can you continue to grow from these things?

4. Why is greater Bible knowledge not the same as wisdom? What’s the danger in thinking they are the same things?

5. Read Luke 2:49. In what ways have you experienced a fullness and flourishing through doing God’s will? Where do you need help in doing God’s will? Pray for these things.

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What words do you think are commonly used to describe Junior Highers? Maybe energetic? Awkward? How about wise? “Filled with wisdom” is what the Gospel of Luke uses to describe Jesus when he was twelve years old. As a boy, he was intent on growing in wisdom. Join us Sunday as Pastor Tom Regan explores what we can learn from… Continue reading →

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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night,” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers, and credit cards. When you’re hit with something hard amidst the frenetic season, where do you find your hope? How can we truly find Jesus within the storm of the Hurried Holidays? Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores what it means to find hope.

Small Group Questions

1. Read Matthew 2:13–18. Herod reacts brutally to the good news of Jesus’ birth. There are many around the world facing this kind of threat in our time. Spend time praying for those facing violence and persecution in the name of Jesus. Ask God to bring them courage, peace, and protection this Christmas.

2. Name some of the specific prophesies fulfilled in the birth story of Jesus. Which of these is most compelling? What hope does it bring to your life?

3. Read Romans 8:24–25. How have you learned to hang on to hope? What advice would you give to someone struggling with this?

4. Jonathan challenged us to hang on to hope in spite of ______________________. What did you respond with? How can your group help you hold on to hope?

5. Update your group on who you’re bringing to Christmas Eve. Spend time praying for those being invited as well as the services themselves. Ask God to use this special time of year to draw people to Him at Northshore and in other places around the world.

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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night,” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers, and credit cards. When you’re hit with something hard amidst the frenetic season, where do you find your hope? How can we truly find Jesus within… Continue reading →

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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night,” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers, and credit cards. Budgets bend, the gas tank isn’t enough for the errands in a day, and the calendar is filling in your free time with even more demands. In the stress and exasperation, where is the joy? In the middle of our distractions, how do we find focus on who God is? How can we truly find Jesus within the storm of the Hurried Holidays? Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Wolfgang digs into Luke 1:39–56 and what it means to find joy.

Small Group Questions

1. What is your favorite Christmas album or song?

2. Read Luke 1:26–38. We see Mary’s response in Luke 1:38; tell about a time you sensed God asking you to do something difficult. How did you respond?

3. Read Luke 1:46–49. Everyone’s soul magnifies something. What things your soul has magnified other than God? What are practical ways we can magnify God this season?

4. Read Luke 1:50–55. What is the greatest area of stress in your life right now? What would it look like to respond with joy?

5. Christmas Eve is an excellent time to bring friends and family members who may not be connected. Who are you praying will join you this Christmas? Spend some time as a group praying by name for these people.

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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night,” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers, and credit cards. Budgets bend, the gas tank isn’t enough for the errands in a day, and the calendar is filling in your free time with… Continue reading →

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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers and credit cards. Amidst the pull and push of the demands, pressures, and general craziness that surrounds the season, how do we even begin to find peace in the midst of frenzy? How can we truly find Jesus within the storm of the Hurried Holidays? Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores Luke 2:8–20 and what it means to find peace.

Small Group Questions

1. What event or activity are you most looking forward to this time of year?
2. At times, we wear the busyness and frenzy of our lives as a badge of honor. Why is this the case? In what ways do you do this?
3. Had you heard of Migdal Eder before? What new insight does this understanding of the shepherds bring to the Christmas season?
4. Think of a time you recently said “no” to some activity or event on your calendar. Was that easy or difficult for you? What criteria did you use to make that decision?
5. Read Luke 2:13–14. God’s favor is on us. In what ways do you try to earn God’s favor? How might our lives be different if we fully embraced the truth that there indeed is nothing to be earned?
6. On a busyness scale of 1 to 10 (10 being busiest), how would you rate this season? What specific thing will you do to reduce that number by one or two? How can your group help? What benefits may come from this change?

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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers and credit cards. Amidst the pull and push of the demands, pressures, and general craziness that surrounds the season, how do we even begin to find… Continue reading →

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you ask most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But what are we giving for? Are we giving for the sake of being a good person, or for the sake of the good news of Jesus? Join us Sunday as we explore the basics of generosity, and why it’s so important in the life of a follower of Jesus.

Small Group Questions

1. Share a financial mistake you’ve made. What motivations were behind the decision? What did you learn?
2. Read 2 Corinthians 8:9. How does this truth impact your attitude toward generosity?
3. How have you seen greed at work in your life? How have you dealt with this?
4. How have you benefited from being generous? Share a story of how you’ve been blessed by generosity.
5. Toy Shop is less than two weeks away! Revisit your group’s plan for being part of the Toy Drive. Who else do you know that might be excited to participate? Spend some time praying for the families that will be part of that day.

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you ask most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But what are we giving for? Are we giving for the sake of being a good person, or for the sake of the good news of Jesus?… Continue reading →

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you ask most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But how should we give? What does that even mean? Is our giving part of a give-and-take with God, or is it a part of something much, much bigger in our hearts? Join us Sunday as we explore the basics of generosity, and why it’s so important in the life of a follower of Jesus.

Small Group Questions

1. What are common reasons people have for not giving? How have you overcome or dealt with those reasons? What have you learned?

2. What are the benefits of following a giving plan? What giving plan has worked for you?

3. Read 2 Corinthians 9:6–10. Tell about a time you experienced joy in giving.

4. What goal will you set when it comes to generosity? How can your group help you reach this goal?

5. Bring Give Serve is a great chance for your group to be generous together. How could you help collect toys for the Toy Shop? What other ways could your group make an impact this season?

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you ask most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But how should we give? What does that even mean? Is our giving part of a give-and-take with God, or is it a part of something much,… Continue reading →